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eMagin Z800 3Dvisor

21, Jun 2006


The Z800 3DVisor is the world’s first personal display system to combine two OLED microdisplays with stereovision 3D capabilities, stereo audio, a noise-canceling microphone, and an integrated head tracker. The eMagin Z800 3DVisor uniquely provides a view equivalent to a 105-inch screen at twelve feet with 3D capability. Its high-speed head tracker enables full 360-degree virtual-surround viewing.

At the core of the Z800 3DVisor is a pair of eMagin SVGA 3D OLED (organic light-emitting diode) microdisplays. These microdisplays incorporate the same OLED display technology currently being used by the US Army Land Warrior program and many other high performance display systems. They deliver high-speed, high-resolution (800×600 triad pixels), high-color (>16 million) imagery for near-eye applications. eMagin’s OLED microdisplays are thinner and lighter than Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs). In addition, because OLED materials emit their own light, they require less power, permitting the Z800 3DVisor to deliver stereovision, head tracking, and hi-fi sound from a single USB power source.


OLED displays offer higher contrast and a wider dispersion of light, making them more comfortable for near-eye use. eMagin’s patented 3D OLED displays can recognize and deliver left-eye and right-eye stereovision signals with unsurpassed efficiency. Color data is buffered under each pixel site, eliminating flicker and smear. If only 2D information is available the Z800 3DVisor still delivers unsurpassed visual quality.

Stereovision 3D
The Z800 3DVisor uses two OLED microdisplays to accomplish this 3D effect with an advanced stereoscopic technique. When a frame-sequential 3D signal is input into the Z800 3DVisor, the Z800 divides the signal so that it alternates between both OLED Microdisplays. Each eye sees a different, but constant, perspective to mimic normal stereoscopic sight, creating a realistic 3D image. Since the OLED Microdisplays refresh so quickly, much faster than your average LCD display, no noticeable flicker is produced. To further eliminate flicker, each display uses analog DRAM to grab and hold information from refresh to refresh, meaning the display never has an opportunity to go black or “decay.” The responsiveness and constant imagery combine to create the best 3D experience on the market today.
Many games on the market do have stereovision 3D compatibility. Many times, this compatibility is not detailed on the game’s packaging. Therefore, eMagin recommends that for specific games you download a demo version or contact the game’s manufacturer. Some examples of compatible games are Unreal Tournament 2003 and 2004, Doom 3, Painkiller, Half-Life 2 and America’s Army.

Integrated Headtracker
The Z800 3DVisor’s integrated headtracker uses micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) accelerometers and gyroscopes to detect motion. The headtracker features three gyroscopes, one each for the X-, Y-, and Z-axis. In addition, the headtracker contains corresponding compasses and accelerometers to ensure performance over varying forms of motion.
The Z800 3DVisor comes bundled with mouse emulation software specifically designed for use with the eMagin headtracker. After installation, the program runs in the background and translates detected head motion into motion on your screen. Specialized settings in the bundled software, Windows mouse controls, and special in-game settings can all be used to fine-tune the mouse emulation to your preferences.

Model Name: eMagin Z800 3DVisor & eMagin X800 3DVisor*
Viewing Equivalent: 105 inch diagonal movie screen viewed at 12 feet
View Angle: ~ 40 deg diagonal FOV
Headtracking: 360?’?° horizontal, >60?’?° vertical (Not included in the X800)
Aspect Ratio: 4 x 3
Resolution: SVGA ???‚??? 800 x 600 triad pixels per display (1.44 megapixels)
Number of Colors:24-bit color for more than 16.7 million
Brightness: >50 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: >200:1
Stereovision: Automatic detect of frame-sequential stereovision data Renders 2D or 3D video
Controller Dimension: 6.1 in L X 3.45 in W X 1.15 in D
Weight (display set): <8 oz (<227 g) Power Consumption: <1.25W typical Power Supply: USB or 5V DC regulated Signal Input Mode: RGB Signal Input (PC D-Sub) 24 bit per pixel color Audio Output: Attached stereo sound Microphone System: Built-in noise-canceling microphone

Price of the eMagin Z800 3DVisor European Version is $649.

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Pleo is quite an interesting soon to be commercially available robot pet. Pleo, a Ugobe Life Form is the authentic recreation of the long extinct Camarasaurus, a dinosaur from the Jurassic period. Pleo is a ‘designer species’. He incorporates all the basic traits of autonomous life. He is specifically engineered and enhanced to mimic life and relate to his owner on a personal level.

Pleo is equipped with senses for sight, sound, and touch. He learns as he explores his environment. He will exhibit genuine reactions to sensory stimuli. Every Pleo begins life with certain tendencies but, interaction with his environment has subtle effects on his behavior. Every Pleo eventually exhibits a unique personality.

Pleo is capable of expression. He can feel joy and sorrow, anger and annoyance. When Pleo is tired, he will become drowsy and go to sleep?“?–even dream. Two or more Pleos will recognize one another. Be careful though. They can transmit colds to each other. Achoo! Pleo even sneezes!

Pleo is a one-week old infant Camarasaurus from the Jurassic period. Camarasaurus were born and raised in giant fern forests. They evolved camouflage that allowed them to blend with their environment of ferns, moss and ruff, the detritus that littered the forest floor. The first Pleo created is a Fernback. His markings help him to survive by hiding among the giant fern fronds in his habitat.

Pleo is an authentic Life Form. Treat him gently like any other living thing. Your Pleo will let you know how he feels at any moment. That’s because he is capable of actual emotions including joy, aggression, sorrow, and fear. He can also yawn, sigh, sniff, sniffle, snore, cough, hiccup, and sneeze.

Pleo wants to explore his environment. He will be cautious when he walks to the edge of a table. He may cry when he is frightened. Pleo will stretch when he first wakes up. He may stomp his foot for food when hungry.

The Pleo is expected to be available for purchase this fall with a price of about 200$

See the Pleo dinosaur robot in action…

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13, Jun 2006


Lets be honest, you wouldn’t normally associate bunny rabbits with cutting-edge technology and superior intelligence. But that was before Nabaztag was born. Derived from the Armenian word for rabbit (so we’re told), this ingenious WiFi-enabled bunny is set to revolutionise the way WiFi fans receive information about… well, about anything!

Basically Nabaztag is a desktop companion that utilises WiFi technology to fetch information from the Internet and convey it in various charming ways. Confused? You won’t be, because you’ll soon be relying on this cute little critter to tell you the time, wake you up, read the news, read you messages from friends, check the stock market and give you tomorrow’s weather forecast today. Nabaztag can even communicate with fellow bunnies and get married.

And that’s just the beginning, because the world of Nabaztag is expanding all the time. Before long this brainy bunny will be able to receive traffic updates, alert you when you have SMS messages, tell you if your train is running late and broadcast ‘Nabcasts’ from fellow subscribers. The possibilities are truly endless.

For now Nabaztag remains an ingenious, always connected communications device that uses lights, sounds and cutesy ear movements to discreetly convey messages to anyone nearby. Sounds can include your favourite MP3 files of music, voices or noises. Simply specify the sound via your computer and Nabaztag will play it through his built-in speaker. Nabaztag can also signal specific information via coloured lights in his belly; so you can set him to glow yellow if the weather’s going to be sunny or red if an email from a loved one arrives. A wiggling ear could signify a falling stock price and a pattern of lights accompanied by a Westlife track could indicate that it’s time to get up… and get a life.

Nabaztag is also great for reminding housemates that supper’s getting cold or you’re going to be late home – simply send a message via the Nabaztag website and let the wireless technology do the rest. There really is no end to the info this charming chap can convey.

The Nabaztag buzz is rapidly becoming thunderous and we reckon he’s going to be a huge phenomenon throughout the wonderful world of WiFi. And of course I would love to have one of those cute WiFi bunnies at home… 😉

The Wifi bunny in action…

Nabaztag and Aibo dog interacting together…

Price of Nabaztag: $150

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